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'What's It To You' Clay Walker to take stage at BIR

American country artist Clay Walker's first single "What's It To You" topped the Billboard charts in the early 90s and since then he has had 31 hit singles on the charts, four platinum-selling albums, two gold albums and millions of dollars in sales.

Country star Clay Walker will be the main headliner Friday night on the Lakes Jam stage at Brainerd International Raceway. Clay, who has chartered 30 country singles and has 11 albums, performs at 10 p.m.
Country star Clay Walker will be the main headliner Friday night on the Lakes Jam stage at Brainerd International Raceway. Clay, who has chartered 30 country singles and has 11 albums, performs at 10 p.m.

American country artist Clay Walker's first single "What's It To You" topped the Billboard charts in the early 90s and since then he has had 31 hit singles on the charts, four platinum-selling albums, two gold albums and millions of dollars in sales.

Walker plans to "Boogie Till the Cows Come Home" with Brainerd lakes area fans when he performs at 10 p.m. Friday on the main stage at Lakes Jam at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR).

Walker's albums include: "Clay Walker" in 1993; "If I Could Make a Living" in 1994; "Hypnotize the Moon" in 1995; "Rumor Has It" in 1997; "Greatest Hits" in 1988; "Live Laugh Love" in 1999; "Say No More" in 2001; "A Few Questions" in 2003; "Fall" in 2007; and "She Won't Be Lonely Long" in 2009.

Singles that have topped the charts include "If I Could Make a Living," "Dreaming with my Eyes Open," "This Woman and This Man" and "Rumor Has It." On Walker's most recent album, some of the top singles are "She Won't Be Lonely Long," "Where Do I Go From You" and "Like We Never Said Goodbye."

Walker, who was born in Texas, produced the album "Fall" for Curb/Sidewalk Records with acclaimed producer Keith Stegall, Walker's website stated.

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On his website, Walker says his approach to the new album was simple: "The biggest thing that I wanted to do was to just get songs on the radio and make music that people love. I wanted to continue the style they've known me for and not change things too much because the music we've made in the past is good music. Mainly I was looking for stronger lyrics. I think you try to do that with every record, and the more you record, the better you get at being able to pick hit songs."

Walker knew early that he wanted to be a country recording artist. When he was 16 and working nights as a desk clerk at a Super 8 Motel, he took a tape of a song he wrote to a nearby radio station. The disc jockey told him it was against corporate policy to play such tapes on the air, his website stated.

"I was heartbroken, but when I left the studio and got in my car .. I remember it was about 6:30 in the morning ... I was driving away from the radio station and he said, 'Folks, I'm not supposed to do this, but this song is just too good to pass up. This song was written by a hometown boy, his name is Clay Walker.' He spun it and I could not believe it. It was one of the highlights of my whole career. Even to this day, when I think about the one moment in time, it said to me: 'This is what you're going to be!' That defined it. I knew with no question, that was it."

Walker appeared in a film, "Alone Yet Not Alone" that came out June 13 in theaters; is a host of "Trophy Hunters" and an author of "Jesus Was a Country Boy," a book about life lessons on faith, fishing and forgiveness.

Walker next release "Rock the Radio" is expected to come out this year.

Walker also started Band Against MS (BAMS), a nonprofit charity that provides education and information to those living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), funds programs for researching a cure for MS and helping those with MS to live with the disease.

He started BAMS in 2003 because he wanted to help others living with the same disease he has battled since 1996, his BAMS website states.

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